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    No More 'Ethics' in the White House?

    It looks like ethics and transparency are yet again taking a back seat at the Obama White House, this time with the little-noticed news that the president’s ‘ethics’ czar, Norm Eisen, is leaving to become a foreign ambassador and will not be replaced. Instead, his responsibilities (which included oversight of transparency and accountability, … More

    Obama's Mugabe Problem: Time to Bring Our Ambassador Home

    Like Presidents Clinton and Bush before him, Obama now has a Robert Mugabe problem. Foreign Policy Magazine recently awarded Mugabe, president of failed Zimbabwe, the dubious distinction of being the world’s second worst dictator, finishing just behind North Korea’s  Kim Jong-Il. Robert Mugabe is a liberation ‘hero’ in the struggle … More

    Obama’s Immigration Speech Showcases Plans for Amnesty

    Today, President Barack Obama gave a major speech on immigration reform at the American University in Washington, D.C. He emphasized that it was time for the United States to “squarely confront our challenges” when it comes to the country’s broken immigration system.  Indeed, fixing the immigration problem is appropriate because … More

    Zeroing Out Marriage

    President Obama addressed an attentive audience at a community center in Southeast Washington this week and called once again for a “new conversation about fatherhood.”   He also took the occasion to announce a nationwide Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, which will be complemented by a $500 million Fatherhood, Marriage and Families … More

    Medvedev-Obama: The Cheeseburger Summit

    Following months of intense diplomacy between the United States and Russia focusing on “resetting” bilateral relations, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev visited the United States for two days. The tour included stops in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Stanford University, and a Washington, D. C summit with President Obama. In trying to … More

    Don’t Accept G-20 “Hope” for Real “Change”

    The willingness of some in the media to accept even the most vapid of statements from international leaders as evidence of major policy change provides evidence daily that reporters, like the rest of us, can let their hopes get in the way of their judgment. A case in point is … More

    Keynes vs. Hayek = Obama vs. Merkel?

    They are getting together again. This weekend in Toronto, Canada, President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel reconvene at the G-20 Summit to figure out how to move the global economy forward. The two leaders are indeed extraordinary and remarkable in many ways. President Obama is the first African American President … More

    Afghanistan: Time to Rethink the Timeline

    President Obama has stated that his decision to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal and replace him with Gen. David Petraeus is a change of personnel, but not of policy.  But many analysts believe that a change of policy is also in order. Daniel Serwer, Vice President of the Centers for Peacebuilding … More

    Timelines Gone Wild!

    When is a timeline not really a timeline? When the President says so. See GITMO, Healthcare, etc…now add Afghanistan. At a press conference today, President Obama said of his Afghanistan withdrawal timeline, “We didn’t say we’d be switching off the lights and closing the door behind us. We said we’d … More

    What Senator Kerry is Missing on Obama's Russian Reset

    As President Medvedev of Russia is coming to visit Barack Obama, the Administration’s spokesmen are desperately trying to convince us that the “reset” policy with the Russia has paid off. They argue that Russia and the United States have developed a real partnership, as demonstrated by the signature of the … More